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purpleplanet Wed 24-Sep-08 20:45:34

ds missed a lesson today as he was having a lesson with the SEN teacher due to dyslexia.(weekly lesson) His teacher has sent home the work from that lesson for him to do as homework.
I think this is unfair.
Any thoughts?

PurplePillow Wed 24-Sep-08 20:47:21

Can you get in touch with parents of a child in his class and ask what the homework is about?

SqueakyPop Wed 24-Sep-08 20:47:47

They should do the homework on lessons that they missed, whether through peri lessons, SEN lessons, or illness.

There is nothing unfair about it - all of the children should be treated exactly the same.

purpleplanet Wed 24-Sep-08 20:49:14

no it's not homework - it's the work from the lesson itself.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 24-Sep-08 20:49:37

Unfair because he doesn't know what it's about? That sounds reasonable enough. But he will have to catch up the work. Is this secondary?

SqueakyPop Wed 24-Sep-08 20:49:42

Do you want him to learn or not?

SqueakyPop Wed 24-Sep-08 20:50:01

ps - your ds has a brill teacher.

SqueakyPop Wed 24-Sep-08 20:50:02

ps - your ds has a brill teacher.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 24-Sep-08 20:50:35

Ah, I get it. Again, if it's secondary, I don't see that the teacher has much choice. He will need to have covered the work one way or another surely.

undercovercat Wed 24-Sep-08 20:50:41

he needs to do the homework or he will miss out chunks of his learning

purpleplanet Wed 24-Sep-08 20:51:08

no it's primary.He missed the lesson. The work from the lesson itself was sent home. He needs an atlas for it - we haven't got one.

roisin Wed 24-Sep-08 20:51:35

How old is he? On the whole I agree with this principle, and it applies to any missed lessons (illness, holidays, sporting fixtures). This then allows the teacher to get on with the next lesson immediately, rather than having to spend the first 10 mins helping one child to catch up.

undercovercat Wed 24-Sep-08 20:52:22

Can you find out what you need to know from the internet?

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Wed 24-Sep-08 20:52:22

Is he going to be missing a lesson every week for dyslexia help? Is there no other way it can be organised? Which lesson is it that he misses?

SorenLorensen Wed 24-Sep-08 20:53:50

Can't you use the internet instead of an atlas? It seems reasonable to me for him to catch up on what he's missed - it might be a topic they are going to concentrate on for a few weeks - and he needs to know the bit he missed today.

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Wed 24-Sep-08 20:54:40

Oh it's primary, so it will be a different lesson he misses each week. I wouldn't be all that happy for this as a regular occurrence as it's not always easy to catch up on lesson stuff outside the lesson.

SorenLorensen Wed 24-Sep-08 20:54:59

Also what jimjams said - can't they rotate the extra lesson so he's not missing the same thing each week?

purpleplanet Wed 24-Sep-08 20:55:22

It's not homework - it's classwork.
I think it's unfair because it is extra to homework, apart from the fact that he missed the lesson and doesn't know what to do. He already gets extra homework from the SEN teacher.
So teachers - children that go out of your class for SEN support - do you then send the work that you teach while the child is out of class home with them? How do you expect them to know what to do if they have missed the whole lesson.

TeeBee Wed 24-Sep-08 21:01:11

My god, I would be falling over to thank the teacher if they went of their way to do that. It could be a very important lesson that would constitute a key part of their understanding. When my DS has been off ill, I have asked for the work to be sent home, and they just say, 'just keep reading with him'.

purpleplanet Wed 24-Sep-08 21:06:02

Teachers- do you send home the classwork for the child to do at home when they go out of a lesson? Homework from that lesson - fair enough.
I have never known it and have been teaching for a long time - which is why I was surprised.

SqueakyPop Wed 24-Sep-08 21:09:37

I give them classwork if it is easily reproduceable - eg a copy of my powerpoints, or pages from the textbook (although I hardly every use a textbook in school - save them for homework).

If it's GCSE work that they can't get elsewhere, I will type up something for them, or have them to a lunchtime/after school lesson.

misspopov Wed 24-Sep-08 21:14:21

I'm a primary school teacher and have never heard of this happening at primary level. I do know how frustrating it can be when children miss key lessons if they are withdrawn from class but would see sending extra work home as penalising the child for having special support. We tend to alternate timetables so that children don't miss the same lesson or subject each week.

purpleplanet Wed 24-Sep-08 21:14:54

This is primary though. He needs to colour in a worksheet like the book at school apparently, so that's not possible.
Also lots of other questions that he didn't know the answer to as he wasn't in the lesson. I'm quite prepared to teach him the work myself, I was surprised at the expectation TBH. As I've said, in primary schools I have never known a teacher to send classwork missed due to a SEN lesson home with the child, homework gets sent of course. Usually lessons are timetabled so that they are missing something like P.E or assembly.

purpleplanet Wed 24-Sep-08 21:16:08

Thankyou misspopov - that is what I was asking - perhaps I didn't phrase my op very well!

misspopov Wed 24-Sep-08 21:17:15

Maybe its more common at GCSE or secondary level but I have never heard of it, it seems a bit OTT to me.

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